Following the magnitude of surveys, letters, phone calls and emails that the MP’s office has received regarding the plans to build a prison on the Beam Park site between Dagenham and Rainham, Jon Cruddas MP is to hold another public consultation meeting.

The idea of the meeting is for constituents to voice their opinions and share their concerns regarding the proposals. There will be a full discussion highlighting the facts so that people have a clear idea of the possible benefits as well as the obvious detrimental factors. The meeting is following on from a successful event in Rainham last month – Jon is covering both halves of the constituency to raise awareness and gain an accurate voice of the local community.

The initial meeting was planned for Thursday 5th September at 6:30pm in the Village Community Hall on Vicarage Road in Dagenham. However the response was so strong and numbers of attendees are so high that Jon will now be holding a second meeting following on from the first to begin at 7:30pm.

Anyone wishing to come to the 7:30pm meeting should phone Jon’s office on 020 8593 1555 to confirm their attendance as spaces are running out.

The meeting will also outline the next steps of the campaign which hopes to include a march to City Hall or the Ministry of Justice to present the petition to those concerned. The petition has in the region of 8000 names on it now and at the meeting Jon’s campaign team will be urging residents to pitch in and raise awareness on their streets with petitions, posters and leaflets. Jon is also encouraging residents to contact Boris Johnson and the Ministry of Justice directly with their comments at:

mayor@london.gov.uk and general.queries@justice.gsi.gov.uk

The meeting will commence at 7:30pm on Thursday 5th September in the Village Community Hall, Vicarage Road, Dagenham RM10 9SD. To register for the event please call: 020 8593 1555